Tenant Amenities

Co-Working and Fitness – Why It’s A Combination Worth Exploring

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It goes without saying that millennials are some of the most fitness-oriented employees the world has ever seen. According to Statista, on average, over a third of millennials exercise two to three days per week for at least 30 minutes, and more and more are considering health benefits to be necessary amenities in the workplace.

This generation, born in the 1980s all the way to the year 2000, is also becoming one of the more community-oriented at work, even through the rise of social media. The spike in co-working spaces are one product of this phenomenon. In 2017, the number of coworking spaces globally jumped to over 14,000 from 436 in 2010, according to a survey by coworking conference organizer Global Coworking Unconference Conference, with an estimated 1.7 million people earning a living in coworking spaces worldwide, according to the 2018 Coworking Forecast.

Though health expectations and co-working spaces may seem like an odd pair, they actually work quite seamlessly with one another. Co-working spaces with a fitness flair are the latest byproduct of today’s working expectations. It’s a combination commercial real estate professionals can’t ignore, and one that may define office spaces for decades to come.

GQ recently posted an op-ed outlining the lives of a few employees living the co-working space slash fitness dream. One individual uses his co-working space’s on-site gym to deflect writer’s block. Another uses the community yoga classes offered to connect more deeply with her office mate, even though they are both freelancers in different fields. It goes both ways, too. Gyms around the world are beginning to integrate co-working spaces to encourage like-minded gig economists to reserve a desk.

Life Time, which now has four co-working spaces among its 100 gyms, isn’t the only fitness brand starting to fuse co-working and fitness. In 2013, Brooklyn Boulders rock-climbing gym first introduced the co-working-out concept in their Somerville, Massachusetts location, and has since added three more multi-functional locations. Soma Vida, which opened in Austin, Texas in 2008, combines yoga, life coaching, herbal wellness, massage, and offices. And luxury gym Equinox debuted its first co-working space in 2016, and now has six at their Sports Club locations nationwide. Prices range from $95 to $400 for monthly membership rates.
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These fitness-office hybrids are convenient and also alleviate work stress. Many devotees see them as solutions to solving work-life balance – after all, working out is proven to decrease burnout! There are numerous other benefits, too. 

Co-working spaces in gyms have a decidedly more centered energy, and attract a clientele who have a shared interest in wellness, making for easier social cross-pollination. Several studies have linked the presence of a workout buddy with increased exercise, effort, and motivation. And when you have an accountability partner in your bootcamp, it makes sense to have one in the workplace, too.
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Read the rest of the GQ article here to learn more about this phenomenon and where you can join in. What are your thoughts? Is this an amenity worth adding to your list?

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to commercial real estate properties, office buildings, community space, and more. To learn more, or to set up your free consultation, visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

The Evolution of the Coworking Space, and Why CRE Professionals and Employers Alike Need to Follow the Trend

In recent years, coworking spaces like WeWork, Regus, and more have become all the rage for employees and freelancers. According to the Colorado Real Estate Journal, these spaces are fundamentally changing global commercial real estate markets. The journal estimates that currently, coworking spaces hold a little less than 5% of all U.S. office stock, but in ten years, this number is speculated to grow closer to 30%. But what is it about these spaces that tenants find so appealing?

The Colorado Real Estate Journal writes that coworking and flexible office spaces provide access to shared amenities like conferencing, coffee and food, yoga and wellness rooms, and more, giving individuals the opportunity to network and feel at home. Tenants are also seeking out these types of spaces to test out before determining long-term occupancy in an office building. 

However, CRE professionals know that tenant retention is also top of mind, so how can we marry both the idea of a flexible working space and long-term occupancy? 

Commercial real estate property owners need to consider the perks of these coworking spaces and introduce their amenities into the mix. Even just adding one dedicated space for tenants to focus on their health in a shared space, like a fitness area or a studio for yoga, is enough to keep a tenant coming back for more. Other ideas include introducing sustainable and “green” technology and products to the space, as many coworking spaces are doing, to appeal to the younger, environmentally-conscious generation. After all, this is our next wave of great minds, and their interests will define the industry!

 Keeping an eye on the evolution of the coworking space will be helpful to employers and business professionals, as well. Employees will begin seeking these amenities during their job search and may pass up on signing with an office that doesn’t support a flexible, team-driven environment. As people begin incorporating more on-the-go methods into their life thanks to the rise of technology and the ease of the gig economy, both CRE professionals and businesses will have to follow suit to stay in line with the trends.

Read the Colorado Real Estate Journal’s article for more. What amenities have you found the most helpful for retaining tenants? 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to commercial real estate spaces, employers, community events, and more. To set up a free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

How to Take Your Yoga Mindset Off the Mat and Into the Real World

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If you practice yoga regularly, you know the feeling well of rolling your mat up and leaving class with a new glow. However, it can be hard to retain that feeling once you return to the “real world” of jobs, chores, errands, and obligations. Some days, that glow all but fades away until the next yoga class when you roll your mat back out, sit cross-legged, and look up at your teacher expectantly, the promise of serenity and achievement on the horizon.

That yoga feeling doesn’t have to stay trapped in the studio, though. There are plenty of ways you can take your yoga mindset off the mat and into the rest of your life. All you have to do is recognize where you’re already honoring yoga commandments and build them out to better the wellbeing of yourself and those around you.

Working Toward Hitting That Next Pose

In yoga class, there’s nothing better than finally nailing that pose you’ve been working toward for weeks. If you think about it, when you’re doing this, you’re developing your growth mindset just by stretching yourself a little further with each practice. You can bring this mentality off the mat and into the rest of your life by always taking at least one small step toward your goals every day. Be consistent with your practice on and off the mat and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you overcome your next hurdle.

 

Taking Risks

You’re not going to sit there and watch the rest of your yoga peers attempt a tricky headstand without seeing what you’re made of too, right? No matter how goofy you end up feeling? As we know, yoga is all about taking risks and trying new things, and you should uphold that mindset outside of the studio, too. Volunteer to take on that big presentation in the office. Make a new friend and invite them to dinner. Try that unfamiliar item on the menu. Don’t be afraid to take some risks – you never know what you’re missing out on!

 

Transforming Your Attitude

Not all days are sunshine and rainbows, and not all yoga classes are, either. Eventually, you’ll take a class that tries your athleticism and mental strength, and it’ll take everything in you to keep pushing through. If you’ve ever been in that situation, you know you can only change your attitude toward the situation at hand, reform your discomfort into a positive outlook, and push on. You know savasana is always in sight! In life when you find yourself feeling negative, transform your attitude into one of positivity and confidence. And if you fail, keep on pushing until you don’t. Negative thoughts can’t lead to a positive life!

 

Generating Loving-Kindness

Loving-kindness flows strong during your yoga practice, so why can’t it continue when you’re off the mat? Be sure to always love yourself and those around you. Practice self-care in mental and physical health, help others through their problems, and send out loving vibes to the rest of the universe. Yoga studios are a great place to begin generating kindness. If you need a starting point, take an early morning class and try to carry those vibes with you for the rest of the day. There is no such thing as too much love!

 

What yoga-oriented mindsets resonate most with you? How do you keep your practice going once you leave the mat? 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to employers and employees, tenant-residing buildings, community events, and more. To set up your free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.